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Mattel Bans David Lynch’s Coffee Klatch With Barbie

Mattel Inc. 'kindly asked' David Lynch to remove his bizarre coffee commercial starring a Barbie doll.
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You’ve probably seen David Lynch’s home-recorded conversation with a Barbie doll in which he promotes his Signature Cup Organic Coffee (it was on our Facebook page on April 8th). Mattel, Inc. saw it too… and wasn’t pleased. The American toy company and Barbie doll maker “kindly asked” David Lynch to remove the video commercial from his site as well as from Vimeo, which effectively breaks the tens of thousands of embeds on blogs and social media profiles.

UPDATE (December 7, 2011): Adweek has ranked it 2nd in their “Freakiest Ads of 2011” (there’s only one weirder) and is hosting the banned commercial again.

While every brand should be extremely honored with free product placement by the man who disapproves of embedded marketing, the cease and desist was likely nothing personal. Mattel has always been strict in pursuing trademark violations and since the doll was used for commercial purposes, official permission of use would’ve probably never been given. What they cannot take away is the buzz already created by the fascinating video that has so far been called anything from “disturbing” to “brilliant.”

Mattel wants David Lynch's coffee commercial removed

Here’s a parody of the David Lynch “Barbie” commercial by Hank Harris:

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  1. GUY says:

    does anyone know the original background music from david lynch’s commerical? where is it from?

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